UP journo held af­ter click­ing kids mop­ping school floor

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

Aza­m­garh: Days af­ter the ar­rest of a re­porter in Mirza­pur af­ter he caught a school serv­ing just salt and ro­tis to chil­dren in their mid­day meals, an­other re­porter has been ar­rested, this time in Aza­m­garh, af­ter he took pho­to­graphs of school­child­ren mop­ping the floor.

Santosh Jaiswal was ar­rested on Fri­day for al­legedly ob­struct­ing pub­lic ser­vants from dis­charg­ing their duty and ex­tor­tion, charges sim­i­lar to those lev­elled against Pawan Ku­mar Jaiswal in Mirza­pur. On Mon­day, the Aza­m­garh dis­trict mag­is­trate or­dered a probe into Santosh Jaiswal’s ar­rest.

Lo­cal jour­nal­ists said the charges against Santosh were false and that he had him­self called the po­lice to in­form them of the il­le­gal prac­tice be­ing car­ried out at the school. The po­lice, how­ever, took both Santosh and Ood­pur Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Rad­hey Shyam Ya­dav to the po­lice sta­tion.

Ya­dav lodged a com­plaint against Santosh and an FIR was filed against the scribe on Fri­day and he was ar­rested, a lo­cal jour­nal­ist said. The prin­ci­pal al­leged that Jaiswal of­ten vis­ited the school and mis­be­haved with teach­ers and stu­dents, ask­ing them to sub­scribe to the news­pa­per pub­lished by him.

Ya­dav al­leged in the FIR that on the day of the in­ci­dent, Jaiswal came to the school and or­dered some chil­dren to mop the floor so that he could take pho­to­graphs. The prin­ci­pal claimed that when he ob­jected, Santosh fled the premises, leav­ing his ve­hi­cle there. The jour­nal­ist de­manded money from him, the prin­ci­pal said. Lo­cal jour­nal­ists claimed their col­league was ar­rested as po­lice nursed a grudge against him.

The Aza­m­garh dis­trict mag­is­trate has or­dered a probe, a lo­cal jour­nal­ist said.

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